Flexibility and Change for Stormwater Permits in MA

Recently, The Environmental Protection Agency initiated changes to requirements for small municipal separate stormwater sewer systems located in Massachusetts. The new permits will update stormwater management efforts across the state, better protecting rivers, streams, ponds, lakes and wetlands from pollutants, including elevated levels of nutrients that cause algae blooms and other problems in many Massachusetts communities. At the same time, the permit maximizes flexibility for individual municipalities to tailor their efforts to individual needs and local conditions. The updated permits will require covered municipalities to develop, implement and enforce a stormwater management program to control pollutants to the maximum extent practicable, protect

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Stoughton’s Joint Effort for Storm Water Management

The Gibbons Elementary School, located in Stoughton, is collaborating on a storm water management project with the Stoughton Engineering Department.  The project set in motion will identify and contain the runoff pollution in nearby ponds and brooks. The community has been concerned with the health hazard associated with the laden bacteria in local waterways stemming from lack of treatment. The school has been granted $137,000 for the purpose of upgrading the school grounds with modern storm water controls.  The project will involve building two bio retention cells/rain gardens and an infiltration basin. The targeted areas of runoff from the school

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Engineered Marsh for Storm Water Earns Accolades

The Cambridge Department of Public Works (CDPW) is currently reveling in the success of its own big idea — the establishment of the Alewife Reservation Storm Water Wetland to help control combined sewer overflows.  An effective pipe and infrastructure maintenance plan also play an important role in CSO (combined sewer overflow) control. The CDPW’s Sewer Division inspects and clears obstructed sewer lines, cleans catch basins, repairs broken lines, and inspects and approves private connections to the public system. It’s also important to note the flatness of the region’s topography.  This means that some of the pipes going out to water

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